Pentecost9A.14A.14.8.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au
Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

14 August 2011. Pentecost 14A. (Green).

Acknowledgement of Land
(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years Indigenous people have walked
in this land, on their own country.
Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives.

We acknowledge the (NN) People and their stewardship
of this land throughout the ages.


(NN) is a safe place for all people to worship regardless of
race, creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation


GATHERING

Gathering Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

We enter this sacred space, conscious that we are
called to both celebrate and protect, our connectedness
to the source and web of life,
and to each other.

So let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this life
in the presentness of God.

Lighting of the Candle
The community candle is lit

We light this flame to affirm that new light
is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our ways
bringing rich possibilities in the now.

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
Come Celebrate…(Tune: ‘Gift of life’, CGibson) 17 HoS
Come celebrate the gift of life:
creation’s journey from the star
whose first great flaring forth of light
responded to God’s word of power.
Enable us, O God, to see
your living word is in us still;
this vibrant possibility
within our human lives fulfil.

Come celebrate the gift of love,
potential in each human soul,
revealed by Jesus as he strove
to heal our world and make us whole.
Enable us, O God, to choose
beyond the inborn needs of self;
in loving, be prepared to lose
our boundaries, and find new life.

Come celebrate the gift of power:
the flow of God within each soul,
which calls us in this present hour
to see creation as a whole.
Enable us, O God, to know
your life is present in all things;
and may our lives, within that flow,
reflect the joy creation sings. (MBond)
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
I saw that God was everything that
is good and encouraging…
All Everything has being because of God’s love(Julian of Norwich)

Prayer
We pray:
May we sense the presentness of God among us,
that we may recognise God in each other,
and together know God’s healing and hope.
Amen.

HymnWe Are Many (Tune: ‘Hamilton’) 67 FFS
We are many, we are one,
and the work of Christ is done
when we learn to live in true community,
as the stars that fill the night,
as a flock of birds in flight,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the branches of a tree,
as the waves upon the sea,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

All division is made whole
when we honour every soul,
find the life of God in every you and me,
as the fingers of a hand,
as the grains that form the sand,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the threads upon a loom,
as a field of flowers in bloom,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

We will join creation's song,
make a world where all belong,
build as one in peace and loving harmony,
as the voices of a choir,
as the flames within a fire,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the 
as the snowflakes in the snow,
as the colours of a bow,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.  CGibson
The people sit

Welcome
In your own words

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who are worshipping at (NN) for the first time
or who have returned after an absence.

Your presence both enriches us
and this time of celebration together.
Refer to printed liturgy.
Fellowship hour following worship.
Those visiting, please sign our Visitors book.

CENTERING

Silence
In the silence of this moment may we give thanks for another day…
Indeed may we give thanks for the gift of life itself.
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

Silence
Let us open ourselves to the process of becoming more whole:
of living more fully;
of giving and forgiving more freely;
of understanding more completely
the meaning of our lives here on this earth.  (Adapt. THaley)
(Silence)

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
Two readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be read by (NN).

From the world around us:
“Revelation”
By Ann Lewin. Celebrating Women/126.

God's work of art.
That's me?
Then beauty must lie
In the eye of the
Beholder.

I feel more like
One of those statues
Michelangelo left
Half emerging
From the marble block;
Full of potential,
On the verge of life,
But prisoned still
By circumstance and
Fear.

Yet part of me is free -
And you are still creating,
Bringing to life
The promise that is there.

Sometimes by
Hammer blows
Which jar my being,

Sometimes by
Tender strokes half felt
Which waken me to
Life.

Go on,
Lord.
Love me into wholeness.
Set me free
To share with you
In your creative joy;
To laugh with you
At your delight
In me,

Your work of art.

Gospel:
Matthew 15:21-28  (Inclusive text)

Jesus left and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting,
‘Have mercy on me, Son of David;
my daughter is tormented by a demon.’

But Jesus did not answer her at all.
And the disciples came and urged Jesus, saying,
‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’

Jesus answered,
‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’

But the woman came and knelt before Jesus, saying,
‘Rabbi, help me.’

Jesus answered,
‘It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.’

She said,
‘Yes, Rabbi, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs
that fall from their masters' table.’

Then Jesus answered her,
‘Woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done for you as you wish.’

And her daughter was healed instantly.

Contemporary word

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Hope
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share an affirmation of hope.
The people stand as they are able

v1 Look up and see the patch of sky
insisting on its place among the towers.
v2 Look down and find the fragile grass
refusing to be contained beneath the barriers.
All And we walk in community, free in the wonder of different faces,
studying the life wrinkles, waiting for a stranger’s smile
and the laugh of the child.

v2 You love us here,
O God of the sinners and publicans,
pausing to visit the one for whom nobody stops,
moving among crowds undaunted by their power,
seeing the bleeding woman in the midst,
and holding out your hand to be touched.
All And we walk safely here, secure among the sounds of humming life,
spacious in the small gaps which give us rest,
finding the patterns of your holy feet on the hard asphalt.  (Adapt. D McRae-McMahon/uiw2)

The Peace
 Let us take a moment to celebrate each other.    
The peace of God is here... to stay. (Iona)
All Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours

Hymn of the Month  People stand as they are able
Name Unnamed(Tune: ‘Samuel’, Irreg.) 31 SLT
Refrain:
Name unnamed,
hidden and shown,
knowing and known,
Gloria!

Beautifully moving, ceaselessly forming,
growing, emerging with awesome delight,
Maker of Rainbows, growing with colour,
arching in wonder,
energy flowing in darkness an light:
Refrain:

Spinner of Chaos, pulling and twisting,
freeing the fibers of pattern and form,
Weaver of Stories, famed or unspoken,
tangled or broken,
shaping a tapestry vivid and warm:
Refrain:

Nudging Discomfort, prodding and shaking,
waking our lives to creative unease,
Straight-talking Lover, checking and humbling
jargon and grumbling,
speaking the truth that refreshes and frees:
Refrain:

Midwife of Changes, skilfully guiding,
drawing us out through the shock of the new,
Woman of Wisdom, deeply perceiving,
never deceiving,
freeing and leading in all that we do:
Refrain:

Daredevil Gambler, risking and loving,
giving us freedom to shatter your drams,
Lifegiving Loser, wounded and weeping,
dancing and leaping,
sharing the caring that heals and redeems. (BWren)

CELEBRATING

With the Children
Children gather on the conversation mat

Conversation

"Somewhere someone"
The kingdom of love is coming because:
All somewhere someone is kind when others are unkind,
somewhere someone shares with another in need,
somewhere someone refuses to hate, while others hate,
somewhere someone is patient - and waits in love,
somewhere someone returns good for evil,
somewhere someone serves another, in love,
somewhere someone is calm in a storm,
somewhere someone is loving everybody.
Is that someone you?  (jke)

Reflections and Prayers
Care candle:
We are people of all ages who enter this space
bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and concerns shared.

Listening response:
In the light and beauty of day
All We give thanks in awe and wonder.
In the dark and stillness of night
All We dream of healing and hope  (GVosper/wwg)

And so we take this flame and light our special care candle.
The Care candle is lit

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
of the presentness of God among us,
and to see new possibilities of the now.

Pastoral prayers:
The 'Abba' Prayer:
You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer, and in your original language, as that is appropriate

All  O God, you love us like a good parent, 
and are present in every aspect of our existence

May your nature become known and respected by all
May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice
be the reality for everyone
as we live by the Jesus Way

Give us all that we really need to live every day for you
And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures 
Keep us from doing those things which are not of you,
and cause us always to be centred on your love

For you are the true reality in this our now,
and in all our future.

In the Jesus Way we pray.  Amen.  DSorrill

Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,
shall now be received.

Presentation  People stand as the gifts are presented
May we, and these gifts of money
be used to further the way of love, hope, and justice
in this community, and on earth.
Remain standing

SCATTERING

Hymn
She Comes With Mother's Kindnesses”  (Tune: ‘Martyrdom’, 86 86. 25 TiS)
She comes with mother's kindnesses
And bends to touch and heal.
She gives her heart away in love
For those who cannot feel.

She comes with lover's tenderness
To answer love's appeal,
She gives her body with her heart
To make her passion real.

She comes with worker's faithfulness
To sow and reap and spin.
She bends her back in common task
To gather harvest in.

She comes with artist's joyfulness
To make and shape and sing,
She gives her hands and from them grow
A free and lovely thing.
Remain standing

Words of Mission
Let us go in faith to ponder in our hearts
the mystery and the wonder of this season...
The candle is extinguished

We are called to join the adventure of living a passionate life.
All So may we be carried past the boundaries
and near horizons of our life’s small dreams.

Blessing Words
Creativity God be with you on the smooth paths;
Companion Jesus be with you in the storms;
Awakening Spirit be with you at all times.
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont) She Comes With Mother's Kindnesses”  (Tune: ‘Martyrdom’, 86 86. 25 TiS)
She comes, a child in humbleness
And trust is in her eyes,
And through them all of life appears
In wondering surprise.

She comes with sister's carefulness,
Strong to support and bind,
Her voice will speak for justice' sake,
And peace is in her mind.

She comes with power like the night
And glory like the day,
Her reign is in the heart of things,
Oh come to us and stay.  (KGalloway/cw)
The people sit after the hymn

'This Week' at (NN)
Notices
Birthdays and anniversaries
Significant events
Journey candles

Music

Fellowship
Morning tea is now served.
You are invited to share in the moment of fellowship.


You are invited to keep this copy of the liturgy and take it home with you
to share with another member of your family, or with a friend

I recommend the use of
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Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
Binkley, C. G.; J. M. McKeel. 2001. Jesus and his Kingdom of Equals. An international curriculum on the life and teaching of Jesus. CA: Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
(FFS)  
Faith Forever Singing. 2000. NZ: Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
(HoS) Hope is our Song. New hymns and songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. 2009. NZ: Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Inclusive Readings. Year A. 2004. QLD: Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
(SLT)
Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.
Uniting in Worship 2. 2005. NSW: Sydney. Uniting Church Press.
Vosper, G. 2008. With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.
Ward, H.; J. Wild, J Morley. (ed). 1995. Celebrating Women. New edition. GtB: London. SPCK.

Web sites:
Haley, Sorrill. UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. < www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

rexae@optusnet.com.au